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Help your SME to ‘Go Green’

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By Alex Madden As it’s National Go Green week this week it’s only fitting that we let you know how easy it is to ‘Green your business’, especially if it can help you to save money too. Not only can some of the tips below help you to save money, but they can also help you to differentiate yourself from the competition and stand out. Here are a few of the great ways you can turn...

Telling your business story

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By Alex Madden Many customers don’t buy a product anymore, they buy your into your company story which means you need to be on your toes and keep your story innovative. All businesses need to tell a story and it’s a fantastic way to connect customers and potential customers to your brand. Telling your story means you have the opportunity to change how a customer perceives your company...

The simple guide to Health and Safety

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By Alex Madden ‘Health and Safety’ – three words that can leave the most hardened of business owners quivering. Like most things that come with running your own enterprise, it’s more often seen as a necessary evil on top of your usual responsibilities. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your employee numbers are 6 or 60, or whether you’ve been running a business...

The pros and cons of being a landlord

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By Alex Madden There are certainly many pros to being a landlord, for one there is a huge demand for rental properties. Only last year there were 7.9 million residential properties being rented in the UK. Many people think becoming a landlord means getting a lot of money for not doing very much but that’s not strictly true. Being a landlord can be time-consuming and complicated with all of...

What kind of business planner are you?

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By Cassie Oliver Poor planning could result in Britain’s small businesses losing out on £25 billion this year*. And with most small and medium sized enterprises failing before their fifth year, this is money they sorely need. Clearly, planning matters. 70% of businesses reckon they’ll grow as a direct result of developing and implementing a current business plan*. And one of the...

Trade Shows – Our Top Tips

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By Cassie Oliver There are hundreds of trade shows taking place in the UK every week focused on every industry and business need. Each event represents a significant sales opportunity for businesses; in fact a surprising 29% of buyers only buy at trade events[1]. Although the initial outlay to promote your company at an exhibition or trade show can take a large chunk of a small business marketing...

Staff Retention – looking after your employees

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By Cassie Oliver Many SMEs experience a high level of staff turnover, and it can be hard to keep good people in your business when other larger, more established companies are in a position to make them an offer they can’t refuse. So how can you make staff want to stay with you for the long term? Money is the most obvious motivating factor, but that alone won’t keep people working for...

Business benefits of supporting a charity

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By Alex Madden Nowadays you expect large businesses to support a charity, whether they sponsor a charity for the year, or they get involved with the community. CSR isn’t as important to SMEs but smaller and smaller companies seem to be getting involved in charitable activity – especially when cash is tight. Tae a look at the tips below on how your SME can create a charity partnership:...

#mybizplan – Phil Scholes talks SME business planning

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By Cassie Oliver Phil Scholes is Head of SME Sales & Marketing at npower Business, and has over 20 years’ experience of sales and customer service in the utilities industry. At npower Business, we are committed to helping SMEs to succeed so that their businesses can grow and prosper. We know that as a necessary overhead, energy is one of the most significant costs for businesses to...

How much do SMEs plan? And how important is it?

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By Alex Madden How much do SMEs plan? And how important is it? npower Business #mybizplan research highlights SME planning habits One in ten British small businesses are putting their financial survival on the line – by failing to follow even the simplest business plan. We recently commissioned some independent research from One Poll which revealed that many small and medium-sized companies...

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